Date published: 04/07/2016
Lucy Frazer, MP for South Cambridgeshire, was in Linton recently (Saturday 2 July 2016), to open a new £223,460 third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP). The project was made possible thanks to a £99,960 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The grant has enabled Linton Village College to boost their sports provision for the local community including 21 affiliated grassroots teams and their partner clubs, Linton Granta and Linton Aztecs.
The two clubs and the college worked in close partnership with the Football Foundation and Cambridgeshire FA to establish a five-year Football Development Plan (FDP), which is a forecast for how sport will be played on site. As a result, the club will establish six new mens’ teams and a further three womens’ teams, while also increasing on-site participation by 61%.
The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England. It is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 14,000 grants worth more than £560m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £787m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 183 grants worth £7m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £19m across the whole of Cambridgeshire.
In South Cambridgeshire alone, the Football Foundation has awarded grants worth £1.4m towards grassroots sports projects worth £6.3m.
By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game.
Many of the new state-of-the-art facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work.
Lucy Frazer, MP for South Cambridgeshire, said: “It was a pleasure to open Linton Village College’s new 3G pitch today. The facility forms an integral part of Linton’s community infrastructure with its affiliation to 21 local grassroots teams, and these improvements will serve to further increase sporting provision in the area.
“Sporting facilities such as these are absolutely vital to the broader health and well-being of local residents – it is brilliant to see kids and adults alike benefiting from regular physical activity.
“I would like to thank the tremendous efforts of all those involved with the redevelopment, notably, the great work of the staff at Linton Village College and its partner clubs. Also, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, whose continued investment has enabled such projects to take place, helping further develop the broader infrastructure of community grassroots sport right across the country.”
Henry Batchelor, South Cambs District Councillor for Linton, said: "I'm extremely happy to see the long awaited upgrade of the 3G pitch, a huge thanks must be given to all bodies that contributed, especially the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.
“There should also be a very special thanks given to the diligent, and quite honestly, relentless work by those at Linton Granta FC and Linton Aztecs who raised funding to make this happen. Having myself grown up playing on the pitch, and still being an avid user of it, I know first-hand that this facility will do no end to improve grassroots football not only in Linton itself, but for South Cambridgeshire as a whole."
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted that a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund has enabled Linton Village College to upgrade and refurbish the All Weather Pitch. This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area and I would like to thank Lucy Frazer MP for opening the facility.”
“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has supported grassroots projects worth more than £1.3bn, investing into areas where the need is greatest and where it will have the biggest impact in terms of getting more people playing football and a wide range of other sports.
“With this funding, provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, we are helping to improve community sports facilities across the country and thereby the playing experience of those who take part. This project in Cambridge is the latest addition to the inventory of modern community sports sites we are developing that cater for the needs of local people who want to play sport purely for the love of it and to stay healthy.” ENDS
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